FCT Christian leaders pledge commitment to peace, condemn looting, destruction


By Salisu Sani-Idris

Abuja, Nov. 1, 2020 Christian leaders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed commitment to the promotion and sustenance of peace in the territory.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said that the leaders made the pledge during a meeting with the minister.

The meeting, chaired by the minister, was attended by the Chairman of the FCT chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Samson Jonah.

Also in attendance were the State House Chaplain, Pastor Seyi Malomo, and heads of the various Christian denominations in the FCT.

The statement quoted the Christian leaders as noting that the FCT had always been a home to all Nigerians with residents free to practice their faith without hindrance.

They declared that nothing should be allowed to overturn the situation.

It quoted them as pledging to explore the power of the pulpit to encourage their members to maintain peaceful co-existence with followers of other faiths in the FCT.

The Christian leaders also condemned the wanton destruction of property which occurred in the wake of the ENDSARS protests, urging everyone to maintain the peace since government had acceded to their demands.

They also commended the FCT Administration for the proactive steps that ensured that the violence did not degenerate into ethno-religious crises, and applauded the minister for the on-the-spot assessment visits to affeccted areas.

The statement quoted the minister as informing the leaders of the Presidential Panel of Inquiry on the disbanded SARS and urging them to submit complaints to it.

On the issue of community policing, the statement said the religious leaders were informed that 2,500 special constabularies had been recruited.

The meeting also called for an early resolution of the ongoing ASUU strike so that students could go back to school, and also urged government to create employment opportunties for the youths to minimise indolence.